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So Lonely

I remember when I was a new mom. My husband had returned to work, and I spent all of my time with this relentlessly demanding (lovable!) little baby. He never slept, so we were together all the time. Never in my life did I have less time to myself. And never in my...

Let’s stop saying “lazy.”

About 13 years ago, I had a student in my 7th grade English class I characterized as lazy. On the rare occasions he contributed to class, he was remarkably articulate, mature, and insightful. But he seldom did homework, his exam grades left a lot to be desired, and...
Schools Are For Humans

Schools Are For Humans

Well, that’s obvious! If I say schools are for humans, you may think I’m wasting my breath. Who (or what) else would school be for? But from what I’ve seen, I think it can’t be said enough. Sometimes, in an effort to build an institution, to...